Top cadet heads for D.C.

SAN MARCOS — Cadet Michael Chung, 16, of San Marcos, was chosen for the Civil Air Patrol’s Civic Leadership Academy held Feb. 26 through March 5 in Washington, D.C.
The CLA, an academically intense, interactive study of U.S. government in action, provides participants the opportunity to grow as citizens and young leaders through lessons in persuasive leadership, federal government, public service careers and American heritage.
Chung, a member of the California Wing’s Skyhawks Composite Squadron 47, has distinguished himself in numerous ways. Chung was a member for two years of the Championship Color Guard and has received the Col. Edwin W. Lewis Jr. Flight scholarship that allowed him to solo in a sailplane. He has also been Cadet Officer of the Year for the Southern California Group 7 of the Civil Air Patrol. Chung earned the prestigious Billy Mitchell and Amelia Earhart Awards. Currently he is the Cadet Commander of his unit. Chung has been a CAP cadet since 2006.
In addition to a blend of field trips, lectures, seminars and assigned readings from historic and current sources, Chung and the other CLA cadets visited the U.S. Capitol; the Supreme Court; the State Department; Arlington National Cemetery, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; visited the Central Intelligence Agency; the Pentagon; the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.; legislative offices; and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, as well as the World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Women in Military Service and Lincoln memorials.
They will also encounter VIP speakers at these locations who will provide insights designed to deepen their understanding of government in action. Their CLA tasks will culminate with a final project — a presentation on their CLA experience to their peers in their home squadrons and wings.
In addition to their activities, Chung and the other CLA cadets participated in CAP’s 2011 Legislative Day on March 3 by working alongside their wing commanders to brief legislators on how CAP’s primary missions — emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs — have benefited their communities.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization that performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

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